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Ho‘omaluhia Hosts Folksy Music Fest

The robust sounds of country-pickin’ music will fill the air day and night at “Bluegrass in the Ko‘olau” April 24-27 at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden.

Both musicians and music fans are welcome to attend the free, four-day celebration, filled with workshops, potlucks, and plenty of live performances and jam sessions with professionals and amateurs alike from 9 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. each day.

Friday is mostly dedicated to setting up camp and open jamming, but Saturday is filled with classes in vocals, fiddle, banjo, jamming and more, and Sunday sees gospel singing and a band scramble. Cleanup is Monday.

Attending performances and workshops is open to the public, but only the first 200 Bluegrass Hawaii members are permitted to camp overnight. Email evelyn@blue-grasshawaii.com by April 17 to register.

Those interested in just attending for the day should note that parking passes are required in order to remain after 4 p.m. Pick them up at the Visitors’ Center, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Workshop participants also should bring a chair, music stand and clothes-pins to keep papers together.

For more information, visit bluegrasshawaii.com.